Article by Cindy Hadish
Photography by Corridor Home Photos
It’s possible to escape city life without leaving the city, with a home by Sunderman Construction, one of Eastern Iowa’s leading builders of exceptional custom homes. A new dwelling at 5716 River Parkway NE in Cedar Rapids is a prime case in point.
Located in the rolling hills of the Usher’s Ridge neighborhood, the house is showcased on the Fall Parade of Homes, which continues through Sunday, October 4.
The five-bedroom home, with three full bathrooms, sits on just over an acre lot with mature maples and other towering trees promising an explosion of autumn color in the wooded back yard.
Each house in the area features a different look. Stacked stone on the exterior of the home at 5716 River Parkway NE is echoed in the interior. The stacked stone fireplaces in the living room, as well as the family room in the lower level, contribute to that rustic ambiance.
Red oak hardwood floors and poplar trim and doors add to the natural feel of the home inside, with low-maintenance siding in addition to the stacked stone on the exterior. Windows throughout the home enhance the natural tones, while providing ample opportunity for viewing the outdoor wildlife.
The home offers a perfect getaway for families or couples who enjoy visitors, including grandchildren, with a theater room on the lower level providing a myriad of entertainment options, enhanced by the home’s sound system.
Two of the five bedrooms also are located on the lower level, while a wet bar near the fireplace offers yet another amenity in the lower level, along with custom built-in cabinets. Another full bathroom is located on the lower level, as well.
The home’s zero entry means no worries about steps coming from the garage or the front door, while the four-stall garage includes a garden garage under the four-seasons room, perfect for storing a lawn mower or other gardening equipment.
Stunning views of wildlife in the back wooded lot are easily observed from decks off both levels of the home. The valley into the woods is welcome for homeowners who prefer low maintenance landscaping, along with a high level of privacy.
Inside, the home’s open floor plan is the most popular plan offered by Sunderman Construction. Ceiling heights of 11 feet in the living room on the main level, and 9-foot ceiling heights on the lower level, contribute to the home’s spacious feel.
Just off the roomy master bedroom, a custom-tiled shower with a whirlpool tub are the main features of the inviting master bath. The guest bedroom also has its own bathroom and closets throughout the home feature wood shelving.
A gourmet kitchen provides plentiful space for preparing food, cooking meals, serving and cleaning up, with a gas range and built-in microwave, along with a large corner pantry with wood shelving. The kitchen island provides a sink and granite counter top eating area and cherry cabinets are featured in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.
The central vacuum system provides a powerful, and convenient, system for cleaning, while the mud room off of the garage offers a drop-zone for holding boots, bags and more in an organized fashion.
Other features of the home include an irrigation system that conserves water by directing it exactly where and when it is needed, and a security system that offers protection and peace of mind.
Many of the features in the home on River Parkway come standard in Sunderman Custom Homes, including the central vacuum, irrigation system, heated garage and wiring for a sound system. Sunderman continually updates its standard features to incorporate the latest trends into all of its homes, many of which would be considered upgrades with other conventional builders.
Sunderman Custom Homes is committed to exceptional quality and craftsmanship at a great price. Throughout the building process, homeowners have the ability to customize their home by choosing from a variety of options, every step of the way. Sunderman’s team helps transform thoughts and ideas into the custom homes of your dreams, while using the most up-to-date styles and trends.
Visitors on the Fall Parade of Homes will be able to see first-hand the high quality and beauty that are built in Sunderman Custom Homes.
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